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  • RobNiner

    Well that was anti-climatic. Is that Moonie in the last panel?

    • Kid Chaos

      Sure looks like it! Time for a showdown…

      • Ryan Thompson

        More like a splashdown.

        • Pol Subanajouy

          Plot Twist: Mary accidentally stands underneath Al when she crash lands. Shortest fight ever.

          • Ryan Thompson

            She doesn’t even have to land on Mary. If Alison accidentally collapses the dam by crashing into it, Mary and Furnace are going to be in some serious trouble.

          • How would she collapse the dam accidentally? She doesn’t weight any more than a normal human, and she doesn’t fall any faster than a normal human. Dropping a human-weight statue on a dam isn’t going to collapse it, even if the statue is harder than what the dam is made of.

  • Kid Chaos

    Oh, man; a separated shoulder at a time like this! I guess the doctor had a point after all. Oh, well; I’m sure she can just pop it back it, “Lethal Weapon”-style.

    • Even after you reset a dislocated joint, it will still hurt like the dickens for days afterwards. I have trick knees, and while in later years it took less time for the swelling to go down after a dislocation, I still can’t walk on the leg for a day or so afterwards. And that’s just a kneecap, which is barely connected to the body. Shoulder dislocations? That’s a hell of a lot of musculature and ligaments and so forth to be traumatized by a vertical dislocation.

      • Pol Subanajouy

        But…but…heroic willpower? 🙁

      • Kid Chaos

        *handwave* Details! Anyway, Alison heals fast, so it’s important to treat the injury quickly, before it heals wrong.

      • KatherineMW

        My arm got pulled out of its socket when I was a kid. We went to the hospital, the doctor pushed it back into its socket, and I felt fine right away. So maybe it varies.

        • lizasweetling

          could also be a pain threshold variation, but she doesn’t get hurt often, so hers is probably low rather than high.

          • Classtoise

            She probably hasn’t felt that type of pain ever in her life (I imagine it’s super hard to pop a shoulder out of your socket when you can perform feats of strength like her), so it’s likely just surprising more than painful. She’ll be fine as soon as she pops it into place.

  • Potatamoto

    With her level of resilience, going fast enough to pull her shoulder out of joint is pretty badass. Not a great decision, but pretty badass.

    • Lostman

      Oh you push your invincibility a little to far this time, Alison!

    • Johan

      Must hurt like a bitch too. And considering she doesn’t have a lot of experience with intense physical pain, the showdown should be interesting.

      • Classtoise

        To be fair, this is the only way it’s really a challenge. Either Moonshadow escapes and this becomes a long meandering plotline of Alison doing nothing, or it’s someone taken down by guns vs someone whose contingency is “Fuck it, leave the planet behind”.

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    The cold is affected her now ? It… didn’t before, did it ?

    (well that and the shoulder, sure)

    • That’s not cold, that’s windburn.

      The boom is, I guess, sonic, arriving after Alison herself, as it should? She broke the speed of sound, the dislocation might have been from the air pressure rather than the bag itself, which barely looked to be on her shoulder anyways. I’m vaguely surprised her clothes are still mostly intact, but I guess this is a family webcomic…

      • Darkoneko Hellsing

        She’s still holding it under her arm.

  • Lostman

    should of thought those’s G-forces there bud.

  • Pol Subanajouy

    Other possibility is that she’s so focused on speed that her body is “forgetting” to focus on being invincible. Like her doctor noted, she can still get freckles so her body isn’t totally a closed system immune to outside influence at all times.

    • Ryan Thompson

      Perhaps she is like Maxima from Grrrl Power, able to reallocate stat points dynamically?

      • Pol Subanajouy

        That’d be a cool interpretation of the standard “Flying Brick” power set. Have someone who is actually really adaptable but was just unaware of being able to shift around her power for the longest so she just defaulted to “STRONG” and “TOUGH.”

      • I was under the impression that her invul was mostly skin deep?

        • Mechwarrior

          No, her bones are even tougher than her skin.

          • Joshua Brooks

            But her joints may not be, making them a weak point in everything.

          • Classtoise

            Yeah. It doesn’t matter if something is unbreakable; it still only takes so much force to move it out of position.

            This might not QUITE be pain she’s feeling, but it might be enough to knock her out of the sky.

        • She is super-tough on some level in every cell attached to her body. Remember that time when she stuck a policeman’s gun into her mouth, shot herself four timesand was completely unharmed? Even spitting out the bullets for effect? Yeah, that was awesome/terrifying.

          But she has limits. her skin is just slightly less invulnerable than her bones and her hair can be cut with the aid of liquid nitrogen and miniature rotating saws. Now I guess that she just went so fast that even her super-joints couldn’t stay in place.

    • Steele

      I kinda figured that her invulnerability is like an elastic field, and that field got pressed into her arm enough for it to pop her shoulder out of place.

    • MisterTeatime

      That’s generally the look you get when you’re somewhere you’re not supposed to be, there’s suddenly a REALLY loud noise, and you’re not invulnerable…

    • lizasweetling

      I think she has a right to look concerned when standing in a dam that made a “I just got hit really hard and am maybe damaged” sound

  • Anybody know enough math to calculate the critical Mach number on a human body?

    • zarawesome

      If anchored somehow, normal humans can take up to 0.4 Mach winds before the neck can’t take it and your head just sort of flops around like a baby’s.

  • nschrand

    Oh man, Alison, please do not have fucked up that dam D:

  • Insanenoodlyguy

    As pointed out above, her flying itself might be part of the problem. Perhaps this isn’t a “new” power so much as a reworking of her force fields to achieve a different effect. But that might mean her flying is impacting her invulnerability.

  • chaosvii

    I’m guessing she’s attempting to regain control rather unsuccessfully.

  • Lostman

    If someone manages to cut or shoot Alison somewhere important, then she boned.

    • Pol Subanajouy

      Oh man, didn’t even think of that.

    • Ryan Thompson

      Well, maybe they can’t stitch her back up, but that’s not the only way to close a wound. They could use super glue, bandages, and compression to stop the bleeding long enough for her to heal.

      On the other hand, I have no idea how she would be be able to receive subcutaneous vaccinations or blood transfusions.

      • Classtoise

        Her powers manifested long after she got vaccinations. But she heals fast, too, meaning any terrestrial disease that DID affect her is likely no match for her immune system (fast healing implies her body fights the infection fast, too, or she’d be a walking mass of gangrene from her fight with Cleaver).

        Not to mention fast healing might also include stuff like producing blood faster, too, to keep her from bleeding out so fast. “Fast healing” is really just short hand for “recovers from the effects of injury and illness at incredible speeds”, and all it entails.

        • Ryan Thompson

          When was it ever shown that Alison has fast healing powers? I think we’ve only seen her get injured once before, by Cleaver, and she kept bleeding for a while afterwards. Her ability to recover from injury seems about average to me, unless I’ve forgetting some other example.

  • MrSing

    “Gotta… go… fasssst…”

  • Mystery girl

    Eek! Did her shoulder just dislocate?! This fight just got a lot harder…

  • Mechwarrior

    Either that or she pushed her self so hard that she actually reached a limit to her durability.

  • Mechwarrior

    Hopefully she sprang for the damage insurance option.

    • Jared Rosenberg

      Any superhero who doesn’t spring for the damage insurance option is unworthy of being a protagonist. Tho on second thought it’d probably be way expensive.

  • mj

    Regarding panel 1: The GPS would not be working. If you go above a reasonable speed mobile phone GPS systems will cut out because they have fail-safes to ensure that they are not used for guided ballistic missile systems.

    • MisterTeatime

      We discussed this a couple pages ago actually. 🙂
      As long as she’s under 1200 miles an hour OR below 60000 feet altitude, she’s within the CoCom limits. (Some manufacturers require AND instead of OR, though.)
      I don’t think she would go to 60000 feet in this scenario- but if this is Tyson Dam, Murphy, Idaho, then she just covered 1404 miles to get here from Mary’s place in Kansas City (and did it quickly enough that her phone’s not dead, and the sun hasn’t come up). And we did see a sonic boom* when she left, so she was doing at least 768 mph at some point. So (if her phone GPS is one that shuts off for either altitude OR velocity) maybe she did hit the limit!

      I’m pretty sure she would’ve noticed the map not updating, though. Maybe she had to make a pitstop in the middle of nowhere long enough to google this problem.

      *”see a sonic boom” is amusing but correct- we don’t hear anything from the comic. Yet.

  • Johan

    Yeah well, I don’t really want to see her naked so that’s fine by me 🙂

    • Kid Chaos

      Spoilsport. ;p

      • Jared Rosenberg

        Yeah, well protagonist powers include “decency” which prevents her powers from being lewd. (actually its probably a worldwide phenomenon in the world of SFP.)

      • Johan

        Yeah, how un-straight and un-cool of me. How dare I?

        • Classtoise

          Do you need help getting back down from that cross?

          • Johan

            Haha Nah I’m cool. The view is nice here ^^

  • TheGonzoMD .

    Is it possible that the hey body’s weakness is G-Forces?

    Whatever it is LISTEN TO YOUR FUCKING DOCTOR.

  • Steele

    Looks like it already did. The strap is torn in panel 1.

  • Donald Simmons

    That’s how Ultra Boy’s (of the Legion of Superheroes) powers worked. He had a whole pile of htem, but could only use one at a time.

  • Mechwarrior

    Could be.

  • bta

    It’s Curb Your Enthusiasm’s theme for me.

  • Kid Chaos

    Actually, the old “Mega-Girl” outfit would look pretty badass, now that she can fly. Hang on, while I crank up the theme from “Superman”… 😀

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    You make a good point.

  • Jeremy

    I’m sure Alison will be fine, but her backpack and phone are likely to be a total loss – bummer!

  • MisterTeatime

    So Mary left her apartment in Kansas City, abducted Chris in Oklahoma, and then dragged him (unconscious the whole time) to a dam in western Idaho?

    I wonder what made Tyson Dam so much better for her purposes than anyplace that wouldn’t require hopping a plane or two while babysitting an unconscious superhero and a bomb.

    Alternatively, if I’ve misjudged the significance of the map reference… was Chris shooting up cartels in Mexico and then visiting a grave somewhere in Idaho later that day? Maybe he could give Alison flight safety lessons.

  • Psile

    Foreshadowing: You are never as invulnerable as you think you are.

  • Thanks to She Hulk, I’ve long presumed that certain superhero garments are protected by a higher authority: http://oi51.tinypic.com/14w4x6r.jpg

    • Pol Subanajouy

      Of all the things I’ve missed in superhero comics, I sincerely wished I was paying attention to the medium during She-Hulk’s 4th wall breaking phase. I mean, I know we got Deadpool, but she had such style.

  • Mechwarrior

    Good thing this didn’t happen over the Badlands.